ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - Finalists

AMABEL DE LEON

Nurse, VP of Operations

Vanura HomeHealth Services

Starting her home health business at the age of 28 in 2001, Amabel De Leon has grown Venura HomeHealth Services to 350 employees and more than $10 million in revenue. With the mission to empower others to assist in healthcare efforts, Vanura HomeHealth has opened up a consulting practice to help other companies develop and execute good business models around nursing, and has also developed an app to support patients through every step of their journey.

LINA HU

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Clipper Corporation

Lina Hu has grown Clipper Corporation significantly over the past 25 years, expanding the business into several divisions including a Uniform, Foodservice Supplies and Licensed Brand Division for Viking Cookware. Under Hu’s stewardship as Founder, Chairman and CEO, some of Clipper Corporation’s customers include Burger King, Darden Restaurants, Hobby Lobby and Pizza Hut.

KRISTI M. NELSON

Principal

KMNelson Design

A fervent believer in doing business with integrity, Kristi M. Nelson, Principal of KMNelson Design works with companies and organizations focused on securing clean supply chains, paying fair wages, teaching trade skills and eliminating child slavery and bonded labor. Importantly, Nelson has also been actively involved with GoodWeave, a Washington DC-based global NGO dedicated to eliminating child labor in the hand-made rug industry via a market-driven model and licensing program.

TAMI PARDEE

CEO and Founder

Halton Pardee + Partners

Tami Pardee founded Halton Pardee + Partners, a Venice-based concierge brokerage specializing in high-end luxury residential and commercial real estate in 2004. Under Pardee’s leadership, the firm has sold over $3.8 billion worth of real estate and grown to three offices across California. Committed to giving back, Halton Pardee + Partners has donated over $1.3 million in the past 14 years toward uplifting underserved areas of Venice and West Los Angeles.

CEO OF THE YEAR - Finalists

ANOUSHEH ANSARI

CEO

XPRIZE

Anousheh Ansari is an astronaut, serial tech entrepreneur, and active proponent of world-changing technologies. For years, she has been a spokesperson, board member, advocate, sponsor, and ultimately earned the role of CEO of XPRIZE in October 2018. Prior to this, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, for which she continues to serve as executive chairwoman.

TRACY HERNANDEZ

CEO

Los Angeles County Business Federation

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